The Christmas time is over, you’ve had your taste of the local partying spots and visited the most important museums, theatres, and cafes, and now you are wondering what to do next in Novi Sad. If you feel like you had enough of history lessons after visiting Petrovaradin fortress and historic synagogue building, and just want to relax, enjoy in a well-deserved holiday, but still stay out of the big hotel chains and their spa centers, I got you. Your next stop is to relax while getting to know Novi Sad and the surroundings, possibly visiting one of the famous Serbian spas, more closely the Vrdnik Spa, a natural retreat near Novi Sad.
Vrdnik is a small hill village located on the south side of Mt. Fruska Gora, counting barely over 3,000 inhabitants. Vrdnik is located in a national park, surrounded by thick forests and hills which create a natural barrier and protect it from the cold winds. Vrdnik Spa is located only 25 km from Novi Sad and is easily reachable by bike, car or bus.
This spa was built around the area with a high concentration of thermal waters. It is very popular among local people, who love to spend weekends here, equally for the relaxing properties of spa center, healing powers of thermal waters, or just to enjoy nature and clear mountain air.
Aside from being a popular spa, Vrdnik has many interesting sights in the area. One of the attention-grabbing spots would be the Vrdnik Tower, built during the Roman times, suspected to be in the year 287. The tower is valuable cultural heritage, that can be reached through a pleasant hike, and used to be an observation town. Located on the hilltop, it offers a panoramic view of Fruska Gora national park, as well as the Vojvodina flats that look without an end.
Vrdnik Spa consists of six pools with thermal waters. There is an Olympic pool, 1-1.8 meters deep, that still holds the title of the largest pool in the country. There are three pools for kids and three for adults - some of which are covered and adapted to be used even during the coldest months. The pools are open for all visitors and are highly recommended as a part of restorative physical therapy. The specialized hospitals and sports medicine clinics are there to answer any doubts or suggest the best way to utilize this natural spa retreat.
The temperature of all the pools is constant throughout the year - 32.8 C. Natural thermal water is mixed with cold water in order to reach the ideal temperature beneficial for human health and general well-being. The waters have a soothing effect, and bathing is recommended for people with rheumatological, neurological, and orthopedic diseases, as well as sports injuries.
Whether you are seeking a peaceful place to spend an afternoon or just want to escape the city buzz and rejoice in a natural spa retreat, I encourage you to visit the picturesque village of Vrdnik Spa, near Novi Sad.
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